Sylvia Mitchell pulled the husk from a corn cob as she selected produce from the farmers market at the Defense Commissary Agency's "Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival" on Saturday morning.
Blanche Greenfield, a Columbia resident, stocks up on paper towels at the tent sale that was part of Fort Meadeâ€™s â€œYour Healthy Lifestyle Festival.â€ The tent sale featured bulk items at up to a 54 percent discount. The festival, which began Friday and ends today, also featured samples of healthy foods, music and a moon bounce. (Photo by Phil Grout)
"We try to eat healthy," said Mitchell, wife of retired Air Force Sgt. Allen Mitchell. "As you get older, you put the weight on and it doesn't come off."
The event, which began Friday in the commissary parking lot, was extended through today.
"Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival" is part of the DoD's Healthy Base Initiative to boost the fitness and nutrition of service members, retirees, family members and civilian employees. The festival is running through July 6 at 236 installations worldwide. The event combines commissary farmers markets; Exchange sidewalk sales; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities; nutritious food samples; health and wellness information; and music.
Fort Meade is one of 14 Army installations that are part of HBI and developing best practices in improving health and wellness for the Army.
John Blythe, director of Fort Meade's commissary, organized the festival.
"We want to take advantage of the upcoming July 4th weekend so we can really push a lot of healthy options and good deals" he said.
The farmers market, located outside the entrance to the commissary, features a wide range of commissary produce including seedless watermelons, sweet onions, red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, blueberries, cherries and potatoes.
The produce was grown at farms in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and sold at discount prices of up to 80 percent.
A tent sale in the commissary parking lot featured bulk items such as soda, juices, cooking oil, barbecue sauce, potato chips, baked beans, bread, laundry detergent, toilet tissue and diapers.
The discount on merchandise at the tent sale was up to 54 percent.
"I like it, particularly the price of paper products," said Debbie Johnson, wife of retired Soldier Charles Johnson.
In addition to the farmers market and tent sale, representatives from Laura's Lean Beef, a company that specializes in organic beef products, prepared beef taste samples.
A representative from Sodexo, a global food service company, made a watermelon and berry salad that shoppers could sample.
A DJ provided music, while children jumped on a moon bounce provided by DFMWR.
"I think it's great," Columbia resident Christy Johnson said of the festival. "There are great prices and great products."